The Role of Adult Allies in Supporting Youth Programs (Youth Best Practice Committee Roundtable 2017 Coming Soon)
In this session, Youth MOVE National will bring young people and adult partners together for an exploratory conversation around best practices for youth and young adult engagement in systems change work. This session will examine the role of adult allies in supporting youth programs to build capacity to design and implement evaluation processes to ensure quality, sustainable youth programs.

Improving Life Trajectories for Young Adults with Mental Health Challenges: An Exploration of Structures and Processes at State and Local Levels that Foster Sustainability
Sustainability of innovative interventions requires structural changes that build infrastructure to integrate changes at the state and local levels. SAMHSA funding seeds opportunities for communities to develop and expand services and supports for youth, which must be sustained beyond the life of the grant. In this interactive discussion, we will describe findings of qualitative interviews with three jurisdictions that successfully sustained supports for youth of transition age and explore how others can use this experience.

Developing an Assessment of Youth and Young Adult Voice in Organizational Advising and Decision-Making
This session describes a project aimed at developing and validating an assessment of the extent to which youth/young adults are meaningfully involved in advising and decision-making in agencies and organizations like those that participate in Systems of Care. Findings from several phases of the project—including key informant reviews, expert feedback surveys, and a national pilot/validation study—will be described. The project is a collaboration between a youth/young adult advocacy organization and a university research center.

Shaping the Future of Training: Needs and Strategies for Supporting Successful Transitions to Adulthood
In this discussion hour, we invite young adults, transition service providers, trainers, educators, and researchers to examine transition service providers’ training needs to offer evidence supported and culturally responsive services. Following brief overviews of Promoting Positive Pathways to Adulthood, Thresholds Young Adult Best Practices workforce development, Youth MOVE National’s training activities, and the Now Is the Time Technical Assistance Initiative, we will engage participants in a guided discussion of training needs and preferred training strategies and formats.

Children’s Mental Health Initiative National System of Care Expansion Evaluation: Description of Strategies for Expanding Systems of Care (Report Coming Soon)
This presentation offers initial findings from Stakeholder Interviews conducted with system of care grantee program administrators, and youth and family representatives. Analyses focus on identifying the jurisdiction-level strategies used by grantees to meet system of care goals and support service delivery at the local level. Findings indicate that grantees use a broad range of approaches. We will describe the types of strategies used by grantees, report their frequency, and provide examples of innovative approaches.

Engaging Youth and Young Adults as Researchers: Best Practices from Two Case Studies
Engaging young people in research and evaluation is a growing trend among researchers and can both benefit the results of research and evaluation studies and have an impact on the lives of youth and young adult participants. This symposium provides insight into the process and outcomes of engaging youth and young adult as partners in research and evaluation, highlighting successes, challenges, reflections, and best practices from two case studies.

Expanding Youth Voice through a Data-Driven Approach: Analysis of Youth M.O.V.E. Chapter Network
In an effort to expand and sustain the national Youth MOVE practice model, a new, data-driven approach was established to support the network with a strong foundation of quality. Youth and young adults outcome measures that promote sustainability through uniform reporting. This session will explore the national data gathered through Youth MOVE chapter annual reporting and explore program models, organizational partnerships, primary purpose areas, and activities offered program success and areas of expansion for a quality youth-driven MOVEment.

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Discuss mental health needs of youth & families experiencing homelessness. Watch #KSOCTV LIVE on 11/30 at 2 pm EST…
SAMHSA’s upcoming KSOC-TV webisode is an opportunity to learn more about evidence-based strategies for addressing the mental health needs of children, youth, and families experiencing homelessness. Be sure to watch and join the live Q&A on Nov. 30!
#TBT to when the youth killed it during their plenary at #FFCMH17 this weekend. 🙌
RT @NAMICommunicate: Tell Congress that #taxreform shouldn’t harm people with mental illness. #Act4MentalHealth htt…
Students of Meade High School told Richard Baum, the acting director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy,…
Students of Meade High School told Richard Baum, the acting director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, that if he wanted to address youth drug use, then youth had to be involved in the message development. 👏
A group of Anne Arundel County high school students spoke with Richard Baum, acting director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy,
Our fearless executive director, Johanna Bergan, presenting in D.C. today on resilient and recovery-oriented systems. 🙌
Today at 3pm ET is the first pre-application webinar for Dare to Dream America. Go to to re…
That feeling when a table was reserved for you. 👐 (Shout out to @nffcmh for helping make the RockStar Awards presentation run smoothly!) #ffcmh17
Tomorrow is the first of two pre-application webinars for Dare to Dream America. #Youth can receive $1,250 or $2,50…
Tomorrow is the first of two pre-application webinars for Dare to Dream America. #Youth can receive $1,250 or $2,500 for a #MentalHealth awareness project. Learn more at #grants
Will Voss, the Dr. Gary M. Blau Professional of the Year RockStar award winner, posing with the man himself Gary Blau at #FFCMH17!
The Dr. Gary M. Blau Professional of the Year RockStar winner, Will Voss, with none other than @GaryBlauPhD at…
Youth MOVE Idaho told us they were so surprised by winning the Youth MOVE Chapter of the Year award, they forgot to…
Youth MOVE Idaho accepting their Youth MOVE Chapter of the Year award at the #FFCMH17 conference! #rockstars
We had the best time at #FFCMH17. We learned, met new people, were inspired, and, as always, had tons of fun. We can't wait to share even more pictures in the coming days. Till the next one!
We had the best time at #FFCMH17—learning, meeting new ppl, being inspired, and as always having fun. Can’t wait to share more pics & vids!
When the conference is in Orlando. #FFCMH17
When the conference is in Orlando. #FFCMH17
And the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Award for Health Equity Presented by Youth MOVE National at 2017's RockStar Awards goes to… Jacob Griffin! For the past two years, Jacob has focused his efforts on increasing supports for college students in need of counseling and psychological services on campuses by increasing awareness of these issues with university trustees, student affairs administrators, politicians, and campus communities. He formed a task force, and later an independent 501(c)3, dedicated on integrating research and current college trends with best practices. This resulted in increased student success despite adversity. According to his peers, Jacob has served as an inspiration for anyone with whom he engages and is an exemplary role model for youth advocates. Congratulations Jacob, your hard work proves you are a RockStar! #rockstars
The @RWJF Award for Health Equity Presented at #RockStars is awarded to Jacob Griffin! Jacob has focused on increas…
The Dr. Gary M. Blau Professional of the Year RockStar award is presented to… Will Voss! According to his peers, Wi…
And the Dr. Gary M. Blau Professional of the Year RockStar Award goes to… Will Voss! According to his peers, Will travels across the state to engage with youth face-to-face and to ensure agencies are building capacity for authentic youth engagement. He supports Healthy Transitions staff in becoming more youth-driven through workshops and trainings. And he organizes statewide Young Adult Leadership Council meetings. Will, you are a RockStar! Congratulations! #rockstars
The #RockStars Marlene Materese Advocate for Youth of the Year is awarded to… Joshua Sprunger! According to Indiana…
The Tricialouise Gurley-Millard Youth Advocate of the Year RockStar Award is presented to… Jack Storti! Jack serves…
The recipient of the #RockStars Tricialouise Gurley-Millard Youth Advocate of the Year award is… Jack Storti! Congratulations, Jack. You are definitely a RockStar! Jack serves as the Chair for the Emerging Leaders Advisory Council in Colorado, a youth council that guides and informs the work of the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Council (JJDP). The Emerging Leaders Council has guided the JJDP in LGBTQ inclusiveness through toolkits and trainings. They’ve designed youth programs and guide the full membership of the JJDP. Their work has been presented at state-level conferences and has increased the awareness of the juvenile justice system, and the mental health and child welfare systems.
The RockStar Organization of the Year is… @NashLaunchPad! In 2014, the LGBTQ and ally community of Nashville collab…
2017's RockStar Organization of the Year is… Launch Pad! On any given night in Nashville, more than 300 youth are without permanent housing. Approximately 40% of these 300 youth identify as LGBTQ, placing them at greater physical and emotional risk than their straight and cisgender peers. In 2014, the LGBTQ and ally community of Nashville collaborated to create Launchpad, an initiative dedicated to providing safe sleeping shelters for youth in Nashville.
The Youth MOVE Chapter of the year is… @IdahoYouthMOVE!!! Youth MOVE Idaho reaches more than half the state, provid…
The Youth MOVE Chapter of the Year is… Youth M.O.V.E Idaho!!! #RockStars Youth MOVE Idaho serves youth in more than half the state, providing both a safe space for young people to convene and offer support as well as providing workshops and leadership trainings on how to share stories of lived experience. Congratulations!
We're about to announce the winners of this year's #RockStar Awards! Please stand by.
We're about to announce this year's winners of the RockStar Awards at the FFCMH conference in Orlando, FL. Stand by. The RockStar Awards recognizes individuals and organizations who've made an outstanding contribution toward improving the lives of youth and improving youth-serving systems. They are designed as a way for us to say a huge thank you to the giants who’ve come before us, to say thank you to the amazing supportive adults who have helped us, and to celebrate the youth advocates of today.
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